Moments in Time … in photographs

 

Photos and information courtesy of La Porte County Historical Society Museum

This beautiful Italianate home at the southwest corner of Tipton and Lincoln Way, pictured here in 1962, was torn down and replaced with the White Hen Pantry building. The Clark gas station sign is seen at left.

Singer and actress Dorothy Claire, 1925-1982, was born in La Porte as Marietta Wright. Claire sang with the Big Band Era orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller and Bob Crosby and starred on stage and in movies. She appeared on television on the Paul Winchell Show and the Joey Bishop Show. Claire finished as ninth most popular female vocalist in Billboard magazine’s 1941 poll.

The Crane’s Nest estate, owned by La Porte artist/designer Ross Crane, sat on the bluff overlooking Pine Lake at the corner of Pine Lake Avenue (Highway 35) and Severs Road. Crane served on the board of the Art Institute of Chicago. The home was at its best in the early to mid part of the 20th century. Its remains were burned by vandals decades later.

7 Responses to “Moments in Time … in photographs”

  1. Awesome!

    Mar 30. 2021

    Love to see these! Keep them coming.

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  2. Left LaPorte

    Mar 30. 2021

    Classic photo of what I believe was the starting location for the 4th of July Parade?. How about adding a “now” photo to compare with the “then” photos you offer? Excellent memories for LaPorteans of all ages to enjoy! Keep surprising us with these gems!!!

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  3. Judy Hannon

    Mar 30. 2021

    Fond memories of Cranes Nest my mom was good friends of Sam Smith & his wife who own the property at one time, it was in the late 50’s we would visit when I was around 5 or 6 years old. Mrs. Smith always made sugar cookies for us when we visited. The house inside was very unique something like a lodge. The view was breath taking,you could see Pine Lake. Very sad when it was destroyed.

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  4. Deb

    Mar 30. 2021

    I enjoy these photos and history as well ! Thank you for taking the time to share . 🙂

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  5. Fred Stepanek

    Mar 30. 2021

    Had no idea of Dorothy Claire. Maybe mom or dad talked about her. Put on more, you might think no one will like this one or that. Wrong!

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  6. lawman

    Mar 30. 2021

    my father knew dorothy claire. i believe she did some singing at a few piano bars in later 70s here in la porte. all this is great stuff. also i heard-a long time ago- that Bob Steele-a B western star of 30s and 40s lived for a time in Cranes nest. hard to confirm i guess. keep it coming!

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    • lawman

      Mar 30. 2021

      interesting-2 birth dates for Dorothy Claire. the one here and one in 1920 also on wikipedia. i was sure my dad said he went to school with her and he was born in 1920. anyone know??

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